Life’s To Do List

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

Good morning and happy Monday! :mrgreen:

First things first: BREAKFAST!


Breakfast was split into two parts this morning. When I woke up, I made a piece of whole wheat toast and topped it with Teddie peanut butter and a few raisins.


This combo is so delicious! It’s also great for hunger control.


I also had a glass of iced coffee with vanilla soy milk.


Then, I headed to the gym, where I did 45-minutes on the elliptical. I alternated the resistance between 5 – 12 and kept my strides per minute between 140-160. It wasn’t the hardest workout I’ve ever had, but I was a sweaty mess by the end!

My second breakfast was sliced apple and Greek yogurt with cinnamon for dipping.


Apple + cinnamon yogurt = apple pie! Delish!

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Life’s To Do List

So, I have a little story for you guys this morning. Don’t worry the big announcement is coming soon! 😉

When I graduated college and moved to Boston, I had a really tough time. I didn’t have a full-time job, I gained 20+ pounds, and my boyfriend of 1.5 years broke up with me. Obviously, I was not a happy camper.

I felt so lost during this time. In college (and even high school), I always had a plan and direction, which kept me on track with achieving my goals. This was the first time ever that I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.

If you’re a long-time reader of CNC, you know that I’m not the type of person who sits back and just complains about life. Of course, I feel sorry for myself for a little bit, but don’t let it last for long. I get it together and DO something about it.

So, in the Fall of 2002, I stopped sulking and gave myself some direction by created this Life’s To Do List:

Life’s To Do List

  1. Own a dog
  2. Drive across the country
  3. Ride in a gondola in Venice
  4. Gamble in Vegas (April 2008)
  5. Run a marathon (January 2011 & November 2011)
  6. Learn to make really great chili
  7. Make a wish on a shooting star
  8. Take a wine tasting class
  9. Go on a tropical vacation (July 2008)
  10. Drive Route 66
  11. Take mom on a sweet vacation
  12. Visit California wine country (January 2007)
  13. Visit the Grand Canyon
  14. Go to Mardi Gras (March 2004)
  15. Register as an organ donor
  16. Visit Niagara Falls
  17. Visit the Eiffel Tower (June 2006)
  18. Live in a city besides Boston
  19. Brew my own beer (2007)
  20. See the Hollywood Walk of Fame (January 2007)
  21. Ski the Swiss Alps
  22. Visit Hawaii
  23. Ride the NYC subway
  24. Plant a tree
  25. Visit a psychic (August 2003)
  26. Fall in love and get married (July 2008)
  27. Be a mom
  28. Become debt free (November 2005)
  29. Attend at least one major sporting event (i.e. Super Bowl, Olympics, World Series) <— Does the CrossFit Games count?
  30. Be a member of a TV audience (February 2010)
  31. Visit Ground Zero
  32. Visit Pompei
  33. Swim in the ocean at night
  34. Go skinny dipping
  35. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  36. Create my own work of art (October 2006)
  37. Sleep under the stars
  38. Go upside-down on a roller coaster (August 2010)
  39. Shake hands with a celebrity
  40. Ride in a hot air balloon
  41. Have dinner at the Top of the Hub (August 2010)
  42. See an active volcano (July 2004)
  43. Try snow-shoeing
  44. Try snowboarding
  45. Own a house
  46. Find a job I love (October 2009)
  47. Grow a vegetable garden
  48. Visit Nantucket
  49. Earn a Master’s degree (December 2005)
  50. See the Mona Lisa in person (May 2006)
  51. Sing karaoke on stage
  52. Learn to knit
  53. See Michael Jackson in concert
  54. See Madonna in concert (September 2012)
  55. Spend a summer on “vacation”
  56. Visit the White House
  57. Have a beer at Oktoberfest in Germany
  58. Sit on the Green Monster at Fenway
  59. Ride a cable car in San Francisco
  60. Fly First Class
  61. See the Full House houses (December 2009)
  62. See a Broadway Show on Broadway
  63. Vote in a Presidential election
  64. Go on a whale watch
  65. Build a house with Habitat for Humanity
  66. Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge
  67. Go to the top of the Space Needle (July 2006)
  68. Go to the top of the Empire State Building
  69. Visit the first Starbucks (July 2006)
  70. Go on a pub crawl
  71. Learn to make sushi
  72. Stay awake for 24 hours in a row
  73. Go on a cruise (April 2012)
  74. See the Hollywood sign (January 2007)
  75. See Mount Rushmore
  76. Visit Graceland
  77. Experience a Key West sunset
  78. Visit at least 3 different continents
  79. Stomp grapes in a vineyard
  80. Ride the Swan Boats in the Boston Public Gardens
  81. Meet Ellen DeGeneres/attend her show
  82. “Fran” prescribed

As you can see, I’ve crossed-off a number of items that I have accomplished since the Fall of 2002. I started adding the month and year that I completed some of these things, but others I just crossed-off. Every few months, I add new things to the list. Meeting Ellen DeGeneres is my newest goal! 😉

Anyway, the whole point of telling you guys all of this is that I am hopefully going to cross #5 off my list. (Feel free to scroll up and check what it is! 😉 )

Yep, that’s right! God willing, I AM GOING TO RUN A MARATHON!!!!! :mrgreen:

Ok, so you’re probably thinking that I am absolutely crazy. Well, I am. You know this! 😉 But, running a marathon is one of the top life goals.

As you know, I’ve had bursitis in my left hip for over a year now. (You can read the whole story here.) In recent months, my hip has gotten better. I can run 3-5 miles without pain. However, when I get past 5 miles, I pay for it the next day. 😕 Bursitis is the worst injury. It gets in deep and it takes forever to heal. Of course, running a marathon has been out of the question… until now!

Recently, I’ve been in touch with an integrative health center, called OMBE, here in Boston. For the past few weeks, OMBE’s founder, Jessica Molleur, and I have chatted quite a bit about my hip injury and long-term goal of running a marathon.

After discussing my sitation with her team at OMBE, Jessica has offered to help me chose an integrated treatment plan for my hip. OMBE offers a number of services from acupuncture to massage to naturopathy to yoga and pilates. Basically, I’m going to work with the team at OMBE to get myself in marathon shape!

My initial session is a complimentary evaluation, where the OMBE team will check me out and decide what is the best plan of attack for me. Then, keeping in mind all of their different services, the team will work together to form an integrated treatment plan. Pretty cool, right? It makes me think that physical therapy isn’t the only way to deal with an injury.

Of course, I’ll be blogging about my entire experience for the duration of my recovery. I figured you guys would like to learn more about an integrated approach to injuries, especially the runners. I know there’s a lot of you who are also plagued with reoccurring injuries. I feel you pain– literally!

My first appointment with OMBE is on Thursday, so stayed tuned for this journey! It’s no doubt going to be interesting!

Question of the Day

What’s on your Life’s To Do List?




  1. I had a Tina filled baking weekend 🙂 I made a version of your carob pumpkin muffins and my version of your Tina bars! Where would I be without your baking recipes 😉 Hmm live in a city besides Boston?? Charleston is still calling your name! The alternative treatment sounds great- totally keep us up to date. A big announcement???

  2. I love your list! As I was reading it I was mentally check off what I’ve accomplished on your list. 🙂 Maybe I should write my own!

    Kudos to pledging to run a marathon! I know you can do it! let me know if you need any help along the way, trust me it’s not as hard as it looks. 😛

  3. @Kath: Maybe you missed the part about me creating this list in 2002? I didn’t even know what a blog was back then! Running a marathon has been a goal of mine for a long time and it has nothing to do with what other bloggers are doing. Of course, if the team at OMBE advises me NOT to run a marathon, I will listen to them. But, right now, it sounds like a very possible goal.

  4. Wow I am so inspired to create a to do list now. My best friend has just asked me to run the London Marathon and I really don’t know what to say. Shall I do it or not???

  5. I agree with you Kath. If the body is telling you to STOP, it’s amazing what idiocy bloggers adhere to to prove a “life goal.”

  6. You want to learn to make a chili? A really great one?! I will send you the recipe for a blackbean espresso chili that will change your life, seriously, change your life.

  7. I love this! I love lists & goals, so obviously I would. But congrats on your marathon goal! I cant wait to read along as you get to your goal! I grew up in Mass too and Ive always wanted to go to Nantucket & Marthas Vineyard.

  8. I love your list. I am inspired to create one myself…in fact I started it during my lunch break. Hope your training goes well! Thanks for the inspiration:)

  9. Congratulations on the upcoming marathon! That’s so exciting! I’m so inspired by your Life To-Do List, that I think I just may have to sit down tonight and start one of my own! I have a bunch of ideas floating in my head, but never took the time to write them down. To pick one, I’d say one thing on my list would be to go sky diving! 😮

  10. Tina, I think your list is awesome~ and inspiration. Please don’t listen to negative comments about you life goals and dreams- YOU are the maker of you life and your life journey. Listen to your heart<3
    I feel like I am missing out for have never started a list. granted i'm only 25 but I wish I would of written down all my "oh I have to go there, must do that, in my life time…yada yada yada."
    But its never too late:)

  11. Great list!! And congrats on deciding to check another thing off of the list! I want to start a list like this… things that would be on it would include living in another country (or at least an extended stay) and learning to scuba dive.

  12. I am so inspired by reading this list. I usually do things one year at a time like this year I want to do x, y, and z but I love the idea of a big list. Things like this are the reasons I read food/healthy living blogs! I really love your attitude about never sitting on the sidelines and wishing/hoping for things. You really seem to get out there and at least TRY for your goals. I have really been trying to do the same thing lately and it’s been working. I think that attitude has to be at least 50% of things. Thanks for the inspiration, Tina!

  13. Congratulations on your life list and on your decision to train for a marathon – that is very exciting! You have such a positive attitude.
    I wrote my life list a few months ago and still am adding to it: I don’t think I’ll ever stop adding things! It’s so fun to cross things off your life list, WAY more fun than your daily to-do list for sure. Best of luck with your training, I’m looking forward to reading about it.

  14. That is an amazing list! I’m inspired to make my own now. As for now my #1 goal is to pay off my credit card debt. It’s not huge, but it is one of the stressors I think about when I fall asleep at night.

    Good luck with the marathon, it sounds like you have a great plan!

  15. Tina I am just SO excited to read about your training. You’re amazing for sharing your life with us, through the blog and soon your book (which I cannot wait to buy!). Congrats on your decision to run!! Would Mal ever consider running with you?!

  16. Awesome news Tina! I just had to share my similar injuries and a successful treatment. I had a bursitis in my right hip and consequently developed IT syndrome in my left knee. I went to PT and she recommended a thing called a “theracane”. I know, I know it has a weird name (not to mention it looks like some sort of torture device), but I used it on my knee and hip everyday and I can finally run again! It breaks up the scar tissue that can develop and loosens the muscles. Just thought you might want to check it out; it’s given me the chance to run marathon #3 🙂

  17. That is so crazy! I have just been contemplating when I’m going to try and run my first marathon. I’ve been training for my first half, which is on May 7th, but I keep thinking about my ultimate goal of running a full marathon!!
    You have inspired me to truly pursue it and do it this year! I’m thinking it will be the end of September or early October.
    I always have a list of things that I want to do in life, but I’ve never taken the time to write them all down. I think I’m going to do that now and enjoy crossing them off of my list!!!

  18. Mine is very simple – be content with my life. Oh, and meet Ellen Degeneres, too 😛

    Good luck with the appointment – I really hope they can work something out for you!

  19. After reading this blog entry I’ve decided to make my own Life’s To Do List! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Also, I just found your blog, and I have a question for you: My family and I are going to visit Boston this summer. Where are some of the best places to eat???

    Thanks, and good luck on completing your list! 🙂

  20. As a life-long writer and lover of lists, I am surprised that it has never crossed my mind to write a “Life’s To Do” List. What an awesome idea! Best get to it then 🙂

  21. I think that you can count watching “This Is It” as number 53. I just added a bunch of things to my ‘life list’- thanks for the ideas!

  22. Wow! That’s awesome! I want to run a marathon too. I think I’m going to try to do it before I have my first child, which (God willing) will be in 2ish years. I’m so excited to hear about your training! 🙂

  23. Awesome to do list – a lot of those things are on mine, too! 🙂 Although mine is just in my head 😉

    CONGRATS on the marathon!!!! That is so awesome. You are going to rock it!

  24. I also have hip bursitis (bi-lateral) and have tried almost everything to deal with it. You’re right it is the worst, and the pain is so deep! I am interested to hear your experience with this integrated treatment. And Abby, I am going to look into theracane. Thanks for sharing that tip.

  25. Just catching up on posts that I couldn’t access after the GoDaddy incident; so I am a little late commenting. LOVE the list, Tina!!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  26. Omg I’m so amazed of what you’ve achieved till now, I envy you badly :'(
    I wish I can do the things that you do/did. Best of luck, not that you need it :p x.

  27. Huge fan of Life Lists (I linked to my tech site where I post about Life Lists a few times but haven’t posted my own publicly) – but I live in Italy and I see you have a few items to do in Italy – let me know if you get closer to making those happen, and I can throw some recommendations / help your way! Congrats on crossing so many off!

  28. I’m from Niagara Falls, and visiting Boston in a week and a half. If you need any recommendations for things to do in the city/where to eat, etc. just let me know!

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